Yoga therapy is a therapeutic application of yoga that uses postures, breathing exercises, meditation, guided imagery, relaxation techniques and yoga counselling to improve mental and physical health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of mind, body, and spirit. Yoga therapy covers a broad range of therapeutic modalities, incorporating elements from both physical therapy and psychotherapy.
The application of Yoga therapy can be correlated with the Pancha Koshas and various Yoga practices may be used as therapeutic interventions at different levels in this respect.
Annamaya Kosha (anatomical level): Jattis (simple units of movements), Mudras (gestures for energy generation and conservation), Kriyas (structured movements), Asanas (steady and comfortable postures) along with the dietary modifications and control.
Pranamaya Kosha (physiological level): Shat Karmas (cleansing actions), various Pranayamas, development of breath awareness, working on breath-movement coordination and the energizing and balancing of the Pranic energy.
Manomaya Kosha (psychological level): Trataka (concentrated gaze), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), Japa and Japa-Ajapa practices are useful. Various aspects of concentration such as the Mandala Dharana and other Yoga Drishti techniques are available for this purpose.
Vijnanamaya Kosha (intellectual level): Swadhyaya (self analysis), Satsangha (lectures and spiritually uplifting exchange) along with the wonderful Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga relaxation and concentration practices of Yoga.
Anandamaya Kosha (universal level): Learning to implement the principles of Karma Yoga (Yoga as skilled action performed without expectation) and following the principle of action in relaxation help us to bring about joy in all our activities. A realization that we live in a blissful universe and that all life is joy is to be brought about in this intervention through use of Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and other aspects like Bhajana, Yogic counselling and Satsangha
Ongoing Yoga-Based Support Group
CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT
Yoga Based Self management program for people living with chronic pain
BREATHE FREE PROJECT
8-week Yoga therapy program for survivors of domestic violence and abuse
YOGA BRIDGES TO RECOVERY
Yoga support program for abuse, trauma and mental illnesses
YOGA FOR STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Yoga self care program for students in higher education to cope with stress
COMMUNITY YOGA PROJECT
Community yoga for well-being, social competence and better health
Completed Yoga-Based Support Group
Yoga for work settings to improve overall health and wellbeing
SLEEP WELL WITH YOGA
Yoga for Improving Sleep Quality and Quality of Life for people with chronic illness
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION YOGA PROJECT
6-weeks yoga program for preventing and managing postpartum depression
YOGA IN SCHOOLS
12-week yoga program run in Primary school settings
Yoga Based Program
1. Sharma N, Owen A, Sharma S, Mistry P (2019). Impact of Breathe-free program on psychological wellbeing of children witnessed family violence. At the DMU’s SVDV Research Network in partnership with Criminal and Civil Justice Working Group (CCJWG), held in De Montfort University, Leicester, UK; Friday 1st March 2019. De Montfort University research network for Sexual Violence Domestic Violence.
2 Sharma N, Shekhawat U, Sharma S (2019). Yoga Therapy for Battered Women with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.In the Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium, held at the Oxford University; March 20. OWLS March 2019 Proceedings.
3. Sharma N, Perrin C, Vaidya R, Chhabhadiya K (2019).Yoga Based Self-Management Program for Chronic Pain Patients: A Pilot Study. At the American Pain Society Scientific Meeting ; Held in Milwaukee, WI, USA; April 03-06.
The Journal of Pain. Volume 20, Issue 4, Supplement, April 2019, Pages S69-S70.
4. Sharma N, John PJ, Sharma CM, Vaidya R (2019).Yoga Therapy for Chronic Tension-Type Headache. Global Journal of Health Science; Vol. 11, No. 5: 94-99.
5. Sharma N, John PJ, Meghwal N, Owen A and Mishra V (2019). Effect of yoga therapy on patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain: a prospective randomised wait list-controlled trial. At the Royal College of Physicians annual conference, Medicine 2019; April 25-26; held in Manchester, UK. Clin Med (London). 2019 Jun; 19(Suppl 3): 87.
6. Sharma N, John PJ, Chhabadiya K (2019). Saline nasal irrigation (Jaaneti) reduces headache days in chronic migraine: a randomised, waitlist -controlled study. At the 19th Congress of the International Headache Society (IHC), Sep 05, 2019, held in Dublin, UK. IHC 2019 Abstracts. Cephalalgia, 39(1_suppl), 1–337. doi 10.1177/0333102419859835
7. Sharma N, PJ John, Shekhar Sharma, Joshi J (2019). Yoga Nasal Irrigation in the Treatment of Chronic Tension Type Headache: Randomised Waitlist Controlled Trial. Available at clinicaltrials.gov (Identifier NCT04113512) Accessed October 2, 2019.
8. Sharma N, Joshi J, Singh D, Sharma K (2019). Yoga for new mother to manage post-natal depression. At the European Conference on Mental Health (ECMH); held in Belfast, UK; October 3. European Congress on Mental Health.
9. Sharma N, Sharma S, Joshi J, Shankar R. The effectiveness Yoga@work among office workers with chronic nonspecific neck pain (CNNP): a randomized controlled trial. In the Annual Scientific Meeting NZPS 2020, Waitangi, New Zealand: New Zealand Pain Society. March 2020. Available at clinicaltrials.gov (identifier NCT04113460)
10. Sharma N, John P, Sharma S, Joshi J.Effect of Yoga Nasal Irrigation for the treatment of episodic migraine: Randomised controlled trial. In the 31st Annual Meeting of the ANPA, Philadelphia, USA: The American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA). Cancelled; Publication to be shared.
11. Sharma N, Sharma S, Kumar M, Joshi J. An Evaluation of Yoga therapy for cervical spondylosis. In 40th Annual Scientific Meeting, Hobart TS, Australia: Australian Pain Society. April 2020 (Cancelled). Available at clinicaltrials.gov (identifier NCT04113473).
12. Sharma N, Sharma S, Joshi J, John P. Yoga Nasal Irrigation for Chronic Daily Headache: An evaluation study. In EAN 2020, Virtual conference: European Academy of Neurology. May 2020.
13. Sharma N, Sharma S, Joshi J, Sharma R. Individualised Yoga Therapy for Chronic Pain Patients With Depression and Anxiety: Evaluation study. In EPA 2020, Virtual: European Congress of Psychiatry. July 2020.
14. Sharma N, John P, Sharma S, Joshi J. Yoga Nasal irrigations in the treatment of chronic tension type headache: Randomised waitlist controlled trial. In 14th European Headache Federation Congress, Virtual: European Headache Federation. July 2020.
15.Neha Sharma, Dipa Modi, Asha Nathwani, Bhavna Pandya, Jaydeep Joshi (2020). Tele- Yoga therapy for Patients with Chronic Pain during Covid-19 Lockdown: A Prospective Nonrandomized Single Arm Clinical Trial. (preprint).medRxiv 2020.07.16.20154229; doi:https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.16.20154229